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UNEMBARGOED: Eskom a symptom of SA’s deeper affliction

The lesson we fail to learn is that when expenditure is mostly on consumption rather than investment, the long-term financial future becomes bleak, writes Songezo Zibi

Ruling Nigeria may be a poisoned chalice for new president

Dianna Games promo

Inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari is expected to bring significant change to this large, complex nation, writes Dianna Games

ON WORK: Brushing up can bring a shine to the daily life of a city banker

Lucy Kellaway promo

The pay is terrible, but it appears the shoeshine man has a better quality of life than your average bank manager, writes Lucy Kellaway

STRAIGHT TALK: If state can’t do it, let us help it

Mark Barnes promo

Everyone is up in arms, objecting to privatisation. Well, you’re too late. It’s already happened in education, security…, writes Mark Barnes

Ten examples of public-funded self-indulgence

African National Congress government has delivered an excellent growth rate for the booming ego economy, writes Gareth van Onselen

ON THE WATER: Resistance to e-tolling is not about the money

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa briefs the media on the new e-tolls dispensation on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS

Resistance is about the obscenely cynical way Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, his boss and the rest of the government feed us ordure and expect us to like it, writes Neels Blom

Post office, Telkom, Eskom becoming obsolete

Gavin Keeton

Debate about privatising parts of Eskom may be overtaken by events and the choices of thousands of individual consumers, writes Gavin Keeton

Bismarck’s brilliant display and SA’s poor Super Rugby season is good news

Bismarck du Plessis. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Bismarck du Plessis’s performance against the Reds is his best of the year and proof of why the Springboks will always be a World Cup threat, writes Mark Keohane

ON THE MONEY: Oddities of foreign exchange probe

Stuart Theobald promo

The commission is a soft touch and restricted in what fines it can apply, writes Stuart Theobald

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: How the JSE can unite business in SA

Peter Bruce promo

If the business establishment wants rid of BEE then it should invent a new, inclusive game all of its own and save its balance sheets, writes Peter Bruce

Previous columns

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Mbalula’s thug life

International sport is, at its worst, much like Hollywood, which suits Fikile Mbalula — SA’s minister of bling, writes Gareth van Onselen

THE INSIDER: Hi-tech window dressing from boys in the bushes

Ekurhuleni metro police during a meeting in April to prepare for a strike. Picture: SOWETAN

Metro cops should monitor the roads and ensure compliance with the law before paying IT fundis millions to adjust the window dressing

STREET DOGS: Generally speaking …

In the 21st century, there is a good chance that most humans will lose, they are losing, their military and economic value, writes Michel Pireu

No Eskom solution without deep reform

Anthony Butler promo

The state faces a big challenge: Anthony Butler asks how it can ensure that recapitalisation goes hand in hand with governance reforms and an end to patronage

Deflation stalks Europe’s economies

Europe’s central banks have run out options for stimulating their economies and boosting consumption, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Bok fans can expect a ‘brand new’ Fourie du Preez at the World Cup

Not only has Fourie du Preez’s stint at Suntory Goliath taught him a new approach to the game, being immersed in a foreign culture has revitalised him, writes Liz Mcgregor

THE INSIDER: Sasco backs ANC but will stand on own feet


South African Students Congress briefing helps explain why the Democratic Alliance Students Organisation rules at Fort Hare University

Let stories withstand public scrutiny

It seems there are individuals or groupings in the ANC who are hijacking its media operation to find reasons to revive the bid for media control, writes Anton Harber

AT HOME AND ABROAD: Golden DA policy nuggets that the media missed

Allister Sparks promo

With local government elections due in less than a year, the Democratic Alliance’s proposed policies should not be taken lightly, writes Allister Sparks

Lost dignity of ordinary people can fan flames

Human rights are talked about habitually, but it’s time to understand the dangers of their absence and protect human dignity, writes Zama Ndlovu

Something fishy about Birds and AmaZulu accusing Stars

Mninawa Ntloko promo

AmaZulu and Swallows wanted Stars to be expelled from the top flight and the two clubs would swap positions, writes Mninawa Ntloko

War room was never going to solve Eskom’s crisis

Eskom can turn around and the power crisis can be addressed only if the utility itself is well managed and well governed, writes Hilary Joffe

Why Zimbabwe chose to continue with cricket tour in terror-ridden Pakistan

Pakistan’s Younis Khan, left, celebrates his century with teammate Azhar Ali during the first day of the second Test against Bangladesh. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Zimbawe’s cricket risks safety following last weeks grissly terrosit slaughter of 43 commuters in Lahore, writes Neil Manthorp

Always seek all relevant data

Excessive reliance on intuition, or defective reasoning — or both — can lead to biases, writes Michel Pireu

THE INSIDER: Maxwele fails to make UCT’s honourable seven

Chumani Maxwele.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Despite his undoubted contribution to SA’s history ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaign is not among the activists selected

VROOM WITH A VIEW: Fine-tuned liberal centre holds after UK elections

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a truly brilliantly conceived family car, making it extremely difficult to resist getting yourself one, writes Alexander Parker

Dr Jacob Zuma’s cure for SA

The ANC views itself as the cure to all ills spawned by apartheid, but it is itself like a virus and may well kill its host to survive, writes Gareth van Onselen

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: More marketing than craft as winemakers get on bandwagon

Michael Fridjhon promo

Winemakers are keeping up with craft liquor trend to maintain their revenue stream, writes Michael Fridjhon

Tory victory is one for all right-thinking people

Simon Lincoln Reader: Lib Dems believed the pursuit of greater representation relied upon impeding energy development — and they have paid at the polls for this foolishness

HALF-ART: Narcissistic Venice piece lacking in nuance and intellect

Willem Boshoff, Racist in South Africa, 2011 Anodised aluminium panel, engraved and filled with ink. This is Boshoff’s contribution to the South African Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, a work he says speaks for itself. Picture: WILLEM BOSHOFF

When I look to SA’s artists, I expect to see nuanced and not narcissistic responses to our social and political challenges, writes Chris Thurman

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Facebook’s big media party a sign of the Times

Good content costs and has to be paid for. To pay for it, even pay-walled publishers like the New York Times need to sell ads so they need eyeballs, writes Simon Barber

Obama’s Pacific deal will not tame Chinese dragon

Gideon Rachman promo

It is too late to prevent China from becoming the core of the Asian economy, writes Gideon Rachman

STREET DOGS: Why investing in art is a bad idea

Buying art is gambling in an illiquid realm and the costs and risks are much greater than those in the industry let on, writes Michel Pireu

Ten phrases politicians dread

SA’s special brand of political rhetoric, which renders political indiscretions immune to consequences, omits at least ten phrases, writes Gareth van Onselen

STREET DOGS: Beat the odds with the bigger picture

We think we have great odds when the game is stacked against us. It’s irrational, writes Michel Pireu

Interests shape response to Marikana report

Steven Friedman: It’s been over six weeks since the Farlam Commission of Inquiry report on the Marikana killings was given to President Jacob Zuma, but it’s yet to be made public

THE INSIDER: You too can be a Victor with this dial-up divinity


Put your faith in an e-mail, wait and see what's instore for you

PAVLO’S PERSPECTIVE: Thrive in the unstoppable, on-demand economy

Uber is a good example of effective, fluid response to customers' demands and experience, writes Pavlo Phitidis

UK shows how we can iron out crumples in service

An ironing board issue at London’s Tower Bridge brings some perspective on a lot of broader issues that SA perhaps need to iron out as a country, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

STREET DOGS: Risk-takers override the emergency brake

Brett Steenbarger says the idea that successful traders overcome or eliminate their emotions is completely off base

Innovation the escape from glories of clerkdom

Nomalanga Mkhize

We need to teach, prepare and support black graduates to take risks, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

LETTER FROM NAIROBI: Start with urban planning basics to fix Nairobi

To better its infrastructure, the Nairobi should go back to the basics of urban planning, writes Muthoni Maingi

About time inept referees are kicked into touch


Refereeing incompetence is an evil in the professional game that questions the professionalism of the game, writes Mark Keohane

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